Latin American Music Awards 2015: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV
The first-ever Latin American Music Awards took place Thursday night (Oct. 8) in Los Angeles, and while the awards show was captured on Telemundo, these 10 moments weren't:
1. Wondering why Yandel's upcoming album, due Nov. 6, is called Dangerous? "It's not a dangerous album," Yandel said with a laugh. "There's nothing gangsta rap about it. I called it Dangerous because it has attitude." The 17-track set features duets with Gente de Zona, Pitbull, Future and French Montana, among other acts.
2. Being a redhead is not new for Paulina Rubio. The "golden girl," so called precisely because of her blond tresses, turned red back in 2013 thanks to a campaign with hair color brand Wella Koleston that's also seen her become a brunette. At the Latin American Music Awards, Rubio again showed up with fiery red hair. But not for long, she told Billboard. Two weeks from now, "I'm going blonde again," she said backstage as she was getting ready for her show. However, the red hair did go well with her performance outfit: An elaborate corset over fishnet stockings and boots.
3. After recording with the likes of Pitbull and, most recently, Yandel (with whom he performed at the Latin AMAs), Lil Jon would like to record with… Enrique Iglesias! "Everybody just blow up Enrique's Twitter," he told Billboard. Turns out there was an attempt to pair up Lil Jon and Enrique before, but the track never saw the light of day. But Lil Jon remains hopeful. The rapper has hung out so much with Latin artists, he's starting to feel Latin himself. However, if he had to choose one nationality, "I'd probably be Cuban. I've been hanging out with Pit too long," he said.
4. Cuban singer Aymee Nuviola took the stage at the Latin AMAs to perform as part of an homage to the late Celia Cruz. Nuviola, of course, is playing Cruz in the upcoming Telemundo drama series Celia, a role she got by pure happenstance. Nuviola was playing a weekly gig in Cartagena, Colombia, and took the night off on her birthday. She ended up having dinner at El Sitio, a restaurant with live music, and the musicians, all her friends, invited her to go onstage and sing. Little did she know that the writer for Celia was in the audience. An audition was arranged, and the rest is history.
5. Jesse Huerta of Jesse & Joy loves hats. And we love his hats in particular. Turns out they're made to order by master hatter Gunner Fox, who also crafts hats for the likes of Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. "After getting these hats tailor-made, the other never feel the same, no matter how expensive they are," says Huerta, who for the Latin AMAs wore a black hat with a brown trim. Huerta also sported a small bumblebee tattoo on his neck, courtesy of much in-demand tattoo artist Dr. Woo. The bee is in honor of Huerta's dad, who recently passed away.
6. Did you catch Alex Sensation's performance with Shaggy, Yandel and Gene Noble? The track is the first single from Sensation's upcoming album as a solo act. The performance was his first-ever at an awards show. "I'm still shaking I was so nervous," said Sensation. "I walked offstage and my mom had texted me, in tears. I started crying too."
7. Producer Sergio George, who put together the tribute performance to Celia Cruz, is currently working on Thalia's new album. No, it's not going to be a salsa set at all. But, he admits, "it will be a very danceable record. The idea is to get everybody dancing. And it's going to be a global record.
8. There are plans to open a Jenni Rivera museum in Long Beach, according to her sister, Rossi Rivera. Daughter Chiquis Rivera says the museum will house many of her mom's belongings after the family moves out of her home in Encino.
9. There were a lot of high-end watches parading down the red carpet at the Latin AMAs, but two Colombian rappers were sporting particularly flashy ones. Young Colombian rapper Kevin Roldan had on a Rolex surrounded by diamonds that he says he's had his eyes on for months but was finally able to buy a couple of weeks ago. Maluma's watch was also surrounded by diamonds, but it's a Hublot.
10. Rising regional Mexican star Luis Coronel, fresh from his win as favorite male artist-regional Mexican, says he wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol and mentor Gerardo Ortiz -- and not just in music. "I'd love to star in an action film," he said.